Donald Trump received five deferments out of Vietnam. He utilized a number of excuses to explain this, including a high draft number, school, and other reasons. Cenk Uygur shreds Trump for claiming he has the same military credentials and experience as someone who served because he attended a military academy.

Uygur explains the $31,000 a year school is “basically for rich people, bratty kids who they can’t get under control and they send to a military academy to get some discipline.” Trump uses this experience as proof that he knows more than people who actually served in the military.

Why did Trump end up in military school? He assaulted a music teacher in the 8th grade claiming the teacher did not know anything. Clearly, his personality has never changed, and he learned nothing from his military academy experience:


K.J. McElrath is a former history and social studies teacher who has long maintained a keen interest in legal and social issues. In addition to writing for The Ring of Fire, he is the author of two published novels: Tamanous Cooley, a darkly comic environmental twist on Dante's Inferno, and The Missionary's Wife, a story of the conflict between human nature and fundamentalist religious dogma. When not engaged in journalistic or literary pursuits, K.J. works as an entertainer and film composer.